VALLERY HYDUK swam competitively for twelve years. For nine of those years, she competed at the national level. At sixteen, she was ranked 16th in the world. She attended the University of Michigan on an athletic scholarship. Vallery now owns her own television production company in Toronto and writes for television, radio, and the Web. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Canadian Women in Communications, and the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association.